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Aligning Cloud Infrastructure Services with Digital Transformation Initiatives

Blog Post created by Paula Phipps on Oct 18, 2016

I sometimes skip the preface of a book, because I can’t wait to get right to the core content. I’m glad I didn’t take this approach with “The Digital Transformation Playbook” by David L. Rogers, director of Columbia Business School’s executive education programs on Digital Business Strategy and Digital Marketing. He gets right to the point when he writes “Transforming in the digital age requires your business to upgrade its strategic mindset much more that its IT infrastructure.” In chapter one, he explains the “Five Domains of Digital Transformation: Customers, Competition, Data, Innovation and Value.” Rogers says he advises centuries-old multinational firms, today’s digital titans and brand-new start-ups. He goes on to explain that the same strategic principles for digital transformation apply to each of these organization types. He writes “But the path to implementing these principles is different, depending on the point from which one starts.” That makes a lot of sense to me. Circling back to Rogers’s point that it takes much more than IT infrastructure, as I read further I understand it to mean an organization cannot achieve digital transformation goals on IT infrastructure changes alone and an organization can’t begin to make impactful changes to its IT infrastructure in support of digital transformation until it has determined its digitial transformation business strategy and has a plan for addressing the five domains Rogers outlines.

 

Those with a digital transformation strategy and plan in hand are starting to think about changes to their IT infrastructures to support their plans. For mature businesses this likely means supporting IT infrastructure in multiple modes to keep today’s applications going while developing the applications of tomorrow. Agility is key, and one option most are considering is cloud, be it public, private or hybrid.Guylookingattwoscreensanalytics-547015753-low.jpg

 

If you are a cloud service provider or systems integrator, your customers seek you out based on your ability to deliver IT services that match well with their strategic direction and goals.  A great many enterprises find their starting point for infrastructure in light of digital transformation initiatives is one where they are responsible for both traditional systems of record and systems of innovation.  Greater agility is desired, yet resiliency – even in the digital economy – continues to be paramount. For this reason, you will want to offer cloud services backed by IT infrastructure and IT management automation that successfully merges IT agility with IT resilience. Last week Hitachi made several key announcements, one of which is the Hitachi Management Automation Strategy. Here is a link to the press release.

 

The Hitachi Management Automation Strategy paves the way to simplified operations and reduced risk through a composable management approach, employing automation, orchestration, analytics, and intelligent abstraction at cloud-scale. The strategy puts Hitachi customers, as well as our cloud partners, on the path to management automation software that is cloud relevant, meaning that it orchestrates infrastructure and integrates with cloud ecosystems, while automating the repetitious details required to shape infrastructure into consumable services to meet business outcomes and time-to-market metrics for digital transformation.

 

The strategy is newly announced, yet over time Hitachi has been actively executing on the strategy with flexible integrations into cloud management platforms from VMware and Microsoft, as well as to open source clouds like OpenStack, providing faster access to the right resources, and improving processes and operations. These integrations play a key role in enabling easier consumption of existing and future converged, hyperconverged and storage platforms from Hitachi, while delivering legendary Hitachi resilience. Hitachi Management Automation Strategy is underpinned by an API strategy used to satisfy application requirements using policies and service profiles, decoupling complex operations into small focused tasks communicating with each other via APIs, which are transparent to administrators and end users, dramatically simplifying infrastructure consumption.handsonlaptopkeyboard000025877894_low.jpg

 

Automation-focused software from Hitachi can speed cloud deployment and time to service, as well as increase operational efficiency and lower risk when managing the Hitachi UCP family of converged and hyperconverged systems and the Hitachi VSP family of storage systems.  For starters, you’ll want to take a closer look at Unified Compute Platform Director (UCP Director) which manages UCP 4000 systems and underpins the newly announced Hitachi Enterprise Cloud with VMware vRealize® Suite, as well as the newly announced Unified Compute Platform Advisor software which manages UCP 2000 systems targeted for midtier environments. Hitachi Automation Director comes with a pre-defined service catalog and customizable templates for quicker delivery of infrastructure resources to provision storage for key business applications and databases, as well as virtualized environments. Downloadable templates, plugins and guides can be found on the Hitachi Developer Network.

 

Meanwhile, consider joining the world-class network of cloud service providers and systems integrators offering cloud and integration services powered by Hitachi.  For our cloud partners in particular, the Hitachi Management Automation Strategy enhances what it means to be “powered by Hitachi Data Systems.”

 

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